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Dawne Moon - January 2013

By Dawne Moon – On November 6, 2012 voters in Maine, Maryland, and Washington made historic decisions: for the first time in U.S. history, a state-level popular vote decided in favor of same-sex marriage. The six...

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ALTERNATIVES TO WAR
Andreas Buro - January 2013

By Andreas Buro. Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz once wrote that, “War is just a continuation of politics by other means.” Two hundred years later, President Barack Obama said that war “is sometimes...

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CANADA’S “MAPLE SPRING”
Ingar Solty - December 2012

The 2012 student strike in Quebec is a lesson in successful struggle against austerity policies. The strike was sparked by the announcement by the governing Parti libéral du Québec (PLQ) of Premier Jean Charest that tuition...

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TEACHERS ON STRIKE
Ethan Young - December 2012

By Ethan Young. When newly elected President Ronald Reagan fired more than 11,000 striking air traffic controllers in 1981, he was also firing the first shots in a new offensive against workers in the United States....

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THE VALUE OF DIVERSITY
Oliver Schmidtke - December 2012

By Oliver Schmidtke – Migration is not a new phenomenon—it is as old as humanity. But in a world in which more and more goods and services are exchanged at an ever faster pace, migration has globalized as well....

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF OCCUPY WALL STREET
Ethan Earle - November 2012

In Lower Manhattan, in a small plaza called Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street was born in September of 2011. While the first Occupiers had originally come to protest Wall Street, once the actual occupation began their game plan was not...

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RECYCLE OR REIMAGINE
Lara Skinner - November 2012

By Lara Skinner – With the dramatic deepening of the environmental crisis, new forms of resistance are emerging to combat the fossil fuel industry’s extreme agenda. Since the 1970s, the U.S. environmental...

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MAPPING THE LEFT
Ethan Young - November 2012

Occupy Wall Street arose like a force of nature over the landscape of the U.S. Left. Only a year after its birth, there are hardly any left institutions or tendencies that it has not in some way influenced. The inclination, then, may...

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LEGITIMATE RAPE, SLUTS, AND FEMI-NAZIS
Laura Flanders - October 2012

“Legitimate rape.” With these two words, Republican Congressman Todd Akin stirred up a storm of controversy, provoking a fresh round of public debate over just how backwards the Republican Party is on issues of women’s equality....

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TO BEGIN THE WORLD OVER AGAIN
John Nichols - October 2012

The Wisconsin uprising of 2011 and 2012 mobilized hundreds of thousands, thereby producing the largest mass protest of pro-union activists in modern American history. It did not, however, begin in a vacuum. Wisconsin Governor Scott...

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LEFT TURN IN CANADA?
Murray Cooke and Dennis Pilon - October 2012

In the last Canadian federal election, the New Democratic Party (NDP) won more than 30 per cent of the popular vote. For the first time in the party’s fifty-year existence, it now forms the Official Opposition in the national...

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THE SHAPE OF EQUALITY
Heidi Hartmann and Martha Burk - October 2012

By Heidi Hartmann and Martha Burk – More than thirty years after the street rallies, consciousness raising, and legislative victories of its “second wave,” there is a widespread public perception that the...

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THE STATE OF THE UNIONS IN THE U.S.
Sean Sweeney - October 2012

Ever since the election of Ronald Reagan to the U.S. presidency and the following launch of the neoliberal period in the early 1980s, trade unions in the United States have suffered a steady decline. Today, barely one in ten workers...

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AN INSIDE LOOK AT “DIE LINKE”
Cornelia Hildebrandt - October 2012

The German political party DIE LINKE (Left Party) was established in 2007 as a merger of two previously independent parties: the Party of Democratic Socialism (PDS), founded in 1990 and predominantly anchored in East Germany, and the...

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THREE VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE
James Jennings - October 2012

Approaching the 2012 presidential election, we see a great deal of disagreement over how to assess President Obama’s first four years in office and to what extent progressives should support his re-election. To adequately address...

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STEAL THE VOTE
James P. Hare - October 2012

Elections alone do not make a democracy, but without elections, there can be no democracy, because the right to vote is the foundation of republican self-governance. For decades, the United States has had among the lowest voter...

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OBAMA VS. ROMNEY
Albert Scharenberg - October 2012

With the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, the presidential election campaign has entered the final stage. Both sides are fighting for the election as if they were fighting a last stand. And indeed: Even if the actual...

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HOW A SOCIALIZATION OF THE BANKING SYSTEM MIGHT LOOK
Axel Troost and Philipp Hersel - October 2012

In the fall of 2008, the global financial sector was on the brink of collapse. After decades of neoliberal restructuring marked by a rapid rise in social inequality, widespread privatization (particularly of pensions) and, above all,...

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IS THE WORLD GOING BANKRUPT?
Stephan Kaufmann and Ingo Stützle - August 2012

In the 1990s, it was “globalization.” Now “government debt” is considered the central problem of the world economy. The reason: for the first time since World War II, it is not the so-called developing countries that are...

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JUST MOBILITY
Michael Brie and Mario Candeias - August 2012

Car-based society has arrived at a dead end: Oil, the most important resource for car travel, is slowly but surely running out. At the same time, both the number of registered vehicles and the amount of carbon dioxide exhaust continue...

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AMERICA’S SEMINAL RED SCARE: THE US AND THE PERCEPTION OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION

RSVP for this event here. The Russian Revolution is usually considered a watershed between the “long” 19th and the “short” 20th century. What Eric Hobsbawm referred to as the “Age of Extremes” was consequently initiated by the events in Russia that obviously had a tremendous impact...
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